Project 2030

The Challenge: 

For years, the global scientific community has warned policymakers throughout the world about the need to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Scientists worldwide have acknowledged that the climate is changing more rapidly than predicted, and many now believe that overshooting the 1.5°C target is inevitable, further destabilizing the climate. Since the world has not moved quickly enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we now need to do so much more: in addition to accelerating emission reductions, we must rapidly phase out the use of fossil fuels, electrify transportation, decarbonize industries and economies all over the world, and start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

We can do this. We must do this. And we must do it equitably.

What Can Be Done: 

We are on the cusp of new technological breakthroughs that will help accelerate two essential pathways to stabilize the climate: industrial decarbonization and the development of a new carbon removal infrastructure.

The U.S. is now investing more money in climate solutions than any government anywhere has ever invested. The recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act committed billions of dollars to accelerate the development and scaling of these technologies and infrastructure.

But we have to do it right. Previous industrial development ran roughshod over many communities, with destructive health and economic consequences. We must ensure that industrial decarbonization and carbon removal are accomplished equitably—they must benefit their host communities and do no harm.

How Project 2030 is Meeting the Challenge: 

Project 2030 is a non-profit team of mostly volunteer alumni climate advocates, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. We create short-term interdisciplinary teams to engage in research, policy design, educational efforts, and stakeholder convenings aimed at accelerating equitable industrial decarbonization and carbon dioxide removal efforts.

Some of our priorities include: accelerating the use of renewable-powered heat batteries for industry and carbon removal projects, direct air capture, decarbonizing cement, phasing out fossil fuels, alternative methods of CO2 transport, sustainable biomass management, agrivoltaics, and the development of a public sequestration authority focused on the public good.

Project 2030’s mission is to achieve and exceed California’s 2030 and 2045 climate goals and ensure those efforts are effective, equitable, and sustainable. Though our work is focused on California efforts, we work with subject matter experts around the world on policy designs that can be replicated nationally and globally. 

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Climate action
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